At times we take education to the local area schools. We set up in the classrooms of the elementary schools with a program that lasts about 2 hours. We divide a class into four groups, and the groups then rotate through four stations or classrooms. Each session lasts about 25 minutes with another 5 minutes to allow the students to change stations. The stations feature the following:
- Station 1 – We tell about the Continental Army at Neshaminy with General Washington at the Moland House. There were thousands of soldiers at the Neshaminy Camp and some wrote home to their families. The students get the opportunity to write a letter using a quill pen and ink about a soldier’s life in camp.
- Station 2 – Each Brigade that marched into the Neshaminy Encampment marched behind their own banner. Coming from the 13 Colonies, they had a wide variety of banners. The students are divided into five groups. Each group selects a theme and produces a banner using glue, scissors, and construction paper.
- Station 3 – Here we have a colonial “Let’s Make a Deal”. The students are divided into three teams that represent the Moland family, the local citizens and the military. Several categories of items are placed on tables. Each category will have 6 or 7 choices. A leader is selected by each team, who will poll its members as to which item to chose. Each correct answer will gain a point for the team. The team with the most points will then win the game.
- Station 4 – This is about Colonial money. The students have a chance to hold and examine the variety of money used during the Colonial period. Pieces of Eight that they may have heard or read about can be held in their hands. All students will have a chance to hold Colonial coins or paper money. The value of the money is discussed.
To arrange for a program in your school, contact: Jackie Schneck at 215-345-6439. The fee for this program is $5 per child.